My sister-in-law and friend, Jean, was here for a weekend visit. Since it was pouring for most of the day on Friday, we mostly did indoor things. We went out to lunch, poked around an antique/50's vintage store, visited the Lake Champlain Chocolates factory. In the evening we decided to go to a movie. We picked Beatriz at Dinner.
Here's what Rotten Tomatoes has to say about the movie:
Beatriz (Salma Hayek), an immigrant from a poor town in Mexico, has drawn on her innate kindness to build a career as a health practitioner in Los Angeles. Doug Strutt (John Lithgow) is a cutthroat, self-satisfied billionaire. When these two opposites meet at a dinner party, their worlds collide and neither will ever be the same.
They gave it four stars for its "timely social commentary" and powerful acting.
Well, if you like your timely social commentary delivered with a sledge hammer to the head, I suppose I can see the rating. But you can save the price of a movie theater ticket and just watch the television news or read a newspaper. There's a big divide in the country.
I thought the movie was annoyingly obtuse. Beatriz will never be the same, perhaps, but I did not I didn't see any kind of light go on for Doug Strutt. Neither character was especially endearing. My take-away was in thinking of soul development and it's clear that there is a whole lotta work in need of doing before any kind enlightenment is the norm.